Hindustan Times: Yashasvi Jaiswal, a young man from Bhadohi who toughened up on ruthless Mumbai Maidans, enjoyed his finest day on a cricket pitch with an unconquered debut hundred as India seized complete control on the second day of the opening Test against the West Indies here. Skipper Rohit Sharma (103 off 221 balls), also eschewed his natural flair en route his 10th Test hundred and a record 229-run opening stand with Jaiswal (143 batting, 350 balls) as India batted cautiously but still did well enough to slowly bat West Indies out of the game, finishing the second day on 312 for two.
In the whole day, India managed only 232 runs in 90 overs. Jaiswal, who batted the entire second day, has the seasoned Virat Kohli (36 batting, 96 balls) for company as the duo added 72 runs for the third wicket. India now have a lead of 162 runs and are expected to bat better part of the third day before Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja is once again unleashed on an opposition that doesn’t have enough technical wherewithal to counter them for two days. The 21-year-old Jaiswal and 36-year-old Rohit are players, who could be called antithesis to what Mumbai school of ‘Khadoos’ batsmanship stands for. Both are flamboyant in their own rights. But yesterday, they channelised their inner ‘Khadoos Mumbaikar’ as Jaiswal took 215 balls to become the 14th Indian debutant to score hundred while Rohit had to wait for 220 balls to reach his landmark.
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